Icon Series

A series of Innovation Conversations (Icon) across the US designed to create new cancer solutions.

Coming Up Next: ICON EQ – Equity in Cancer. Exploring solutions for digital literacy and building trust through technology

June 25, 2021, 11am-12:30pm CST • Virtual • Attendance is Free!

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This isn't a conference, it's a conversation

During this session, we'll discuss equity in cancer care with our host Tam Hawkins, the President and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce. Jodi-Ann Burey, a sought-after speaker and writer who works at the intersections of race, culture, and health equity, will kick-off the session by speaking to her work disrupting the traditional narratives about racism at work. Our two breakout groups will continue our conversations around Digital Literacy, and building Trust Through Technology.

Keynote Speaker

Jodi-Ann Burey (she/her) has a mission to disrupt “business as usual” to achieve social change. She is a sought-after speaker and writer who works at the intersections of race, culture, and health equity. Her TED talk, “The Myth of Bringing Your Full Authentic Self to Work,” embodies her disruption of traditional narratives about racism at work. Jodi-Ann is also the creator and host of Black Cancer, a podcast about the lives of people of color through their cancer journeys. Jodi-Ann holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan. She prides herself on being a cool auntie, a twist-out queen, health advocate, adventurer and reluctant dog owner. Jodi-Ann is currently working on her first book.

Host: Tam Hawkins

Tam Hawkins is the President and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, where she previously served as the Vice President of Corporate Engagement & Membership. Her background includes corporate sales & marketing management roles for some of the nation’s most admired companies. Although well versed in large corporate space, her personal entrepreneurial experience with commercial real estate development has left her well-versed in the needs of small- to medium-sized business owners. The Dallas native’s volunteer commitments attest to her passion for civic engagement on local, national and international levels. Tam is a board member of the East Austin Conservancy, a group committed to strengthening the fabric of East Austin by promoting affordable housing and economic diversity. She also is currently a member of the Austin Area Research Organization and serves on Leadership Austin, Texas Lyceum, Visit Austin, City of Austin Economic Prosperity Commission and Ronald McDonald House Central Texas boards.

Moderator for Digital Literacy

Willysha Jenkins completed her master’s degree in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at North Carolina Central University in the Health Disparity Informatics research program. While at NCCU, Ms. Jenkins developed the Metabolic Syndrome Research Resource (MetSRR) towards identifying novel sex and ethnicity differentiating biomarkers of Metabolic Syndrome. It was during this time that Ms. Jenkins developed a love for informatics and Data Science. At Fisk University, Ms. Jenkins serves in various roles including curriculum developer, instructor of computer science and bioinformatics laboratory manager. Her greatest impact has been felt in the experiential redesign of curricula, providing (bio)statistical support on research projects and manuscript writing. In addition to co-founding her consulting firm, STEMQue3ns, Ms. Jenkins is an active Toxicity Outcomes and Risk Assessment Research Fellow at the EPA.

Moderator for Technology and Trust

Virginia A. Brown, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Dell Medical School in the Department of Population Health and a courtesy assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

She earned her master’s degree in philosophy with a concentration in ethics and public policy and her doctorate in sociology with concentrations in race, class, gender and medical sociology. Her areas of interest include the structural determinants of health, (conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age) and their influence on health and health care outcomes. Through the theoretical lens of historical materialism, she seeks to disrupt how the social and political structures contribute to the formation and reformation of racial bias in health and health care. By incorporating the principles of human-centered design and health care ethics into CBPR (community-based participatory research), she works to engage social service organizations, foundations, researchers and any collaborates who seek to improve the health outcomes of those most affected in Austin-Travis County, Texas.


Why Innovation Conversations?

INNOVATION - At Livestrong, we are about finding solutions and we believe that the best solutions are created when you bring together people with deep knowledge of the problem, give them a space to imagine bigger, and connect them with generous disrupters. At Icon we bring together the survivor experience and some of the most disruptive and energetic minds working in all facets of the cancer space to create powerful solutions.

CONVERSATIONS – To find the right solutions, we have to understand the problem. And to understand the problem, we have to listen to a variety of perspectives and experiences. At Icon you will hear from tech startups building new technology, non-profits filling gaps in local communities in new ways, and impact investors changing the way we fund these solutions. But this isn’t just a panel of speakers talking about what they are doing. These are conversations with you – small breakout sessions centered on listening and idea sharing to solve cancer problems which simply don’t deserve to exist.

Learn from the best and brightest

Keynote Speakers and Breakout Session Facilitators will include technology leaders, brilliant medical minds, impact investors, and survivors and caregivers living with cancer today.

Small Group Breakout Sessions: Share your perspectives and grow your network

We know that when we work together, incredible things can happen. That's why the event will facilitate opportunities to network with other system-disruptors in a small group setting. You'll have the option to share your contact information to keep the conversations going! There are small group sessions at both virtual and in-person Icon Events.

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